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No interest. I don't tell my kids about those days. One is seven. The other is nine. One is really into his skateboard. I look at him and see myself, and I'm like, "Just do it, man!"

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Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I'm just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.

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It's par for the course for me to find the one girl that is the most exciting, outspoken, and flamboyant — the most crazy. You just have to meet my wife.

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I don't know if that giraffe was trying to kiss me. But it was an experience. Have you ever seen a giraffe's tongue? It's about two feet long.

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When it comes down to it, I like being with one person that I'm comfortable with and who it means something with. But I have no complaints about some of the experiences I've had.

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The split between Axl and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the breakup — and are we going to get back together? — it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn't the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other's throats for no reason. At this point, I'm trying to put it to rest. So I try to avoid the subject.

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It's not like I'm Brad Pitt, but I get recognized pretty regularly. The other night I went to see a friend of mine play. When I arrived, there was just too much attention. The hardest thing about being a rock star is not being a rock star.

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My grandmother was really the last person to call me Saul. The people who call me Saul are fans who want to have that personal connection. I'm not sure what the psychology behind that is. But I'm assuming they want to get beyond Slash.

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I had my chemically induced overdoses and alcohol poisoning and all that. I would just keep pushing it and pushing it. I had absolutely no fear of not waking up. But ultimately the clarity seeps through. If I'm going to be here, then I'm going to have to be able to do what it is I'm here to do.

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Heroin is a great f**king drug, but it's evil.

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Musicians never actually talk about music.
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If I could hang out with Jimi Hendrix, it wouldn't be over dinner.

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It's not something you can find. There's a moment you arrive at — there's no words for it. A bunch of people come together at this place where a note hits your heart and your brain tells your finger where to go. It's an otherworldly thing, like when a painter gets the right combination of colors together.

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When I see footage of Guns N' Roses, I see that f**king hunger and attitude. You could not f**k with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock 'n' roll that I've ever heard, and I'm proud of that.

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It's a constant quest to find that harmony, to connect with it, where everything that you want to come out of it comes out. Those moments are rare, but they're like drugs: Once you get going on it, you're constantly jonesing for it.

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I used to think Les Paul was a guitar. I didn't know he was a real guy. When I got to know him, I found out that if you're really obsessed, he was the guy you'd want to be like. He was always trying to find an answer for what he was looking for in his mind. If things didn't exist, he built them himself. He single-handedly created what I consider "popular music."

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Being told no was the big thing ever since I can remember. And that was always getting in the way of creativity.

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When I was a kid, I got jobs so I could get cigarettes, beer, and something at the A&P. That's how I see money. It's never been a motivating factor.

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Between the Beatles and the Stones, my dad liked the Stones, so there was definitely an innate gene that I got from him.

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Axl and I came from completely different backgrounds. Because of that we made an interesting pair trying to figure each other out.

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I'm intimidated by singing. I can carry a tune and I can cover a melody, but I just hate expressing myself verbally — especially in the form of a song — to the point that I don't even like to hum to myself.

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Risk isn't a word in my vocabulary. It's my very existence.

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Guitars are like women. You'll never get them totally right.

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There are people who have an image of me as being rude and inconsiderate. But I'm completely the opposite, because I was raised not to be. I might have been tripping over myself drunk, but I was always courteous.

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I never want to draw attention to myself, but that's all I do.

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"Rock `n` Roll is, like,get laid and f**king go out and... well, y`know"...

"I wrote some cool sh*t when I was high".

I don`t do cocaine anymore. Well, only occasionally.

"Me n` Axl are so unalike that we attract each other".

"I`ve got my f**king bag full of clothes and that`s everything, right? And I`ve got my cooler. I`ve got my booze in there and that`s all I f**king need".

"I don`t think it (his guitar) is a phallic symbol. I don`t think it is a symbol for anything. Basically, as far as what I use it for it`s just something to hide behind, because I`m quite shy".

"...It`s not so much how good a player you are, it`s how cool you are".

"Axl is just an other version of Ayatollah".

"It was success that screwed us up".

"A bottle (of Jack Daniel`s) a day for five years, that`s what I was doing... you have really bad breath in the morning - you know, you can`t have sex in the morning till you`ve brushed your teeth, which is a real f**king drag".

"We`re the kind of band we liked when we were kids, defenitely a people`s band"

"In all honesty, I think Guns N` Roses will be one of those bandsthat will be around forever!"

"We ain`t dead yet"

"The thing was that when Izzy left it became impossible. I couldn`t deal with Axl on my own and the band stopped being what it originally was. Originally Izzy could deal with Axl, I could deal with Izzy and Duff could deal with me. Steven also played his part. And that`s how it was. We all had a way of dealing with each other and it all balanced out. After Izzy left it became something else.”

“I said Ooops’... I know that things like this add to our image. I understand that now, but still - who cares? “And when Axl said that this was gonna be his last show with the band at the first Stones gig he was just p*ssed off at something. He’s done it before, when he was even more p*ssed off. We don’t calculate this sh*t. We’re not creating a hype. I can’t figure us out, so why analyze it? I reckon it’s just that our lives are a whole lot deeper than the press can print on a f**king page.” (About the American Music Awards, where he and Duff showed up drunk).

“We were rebels. We are rebels, and there weren’t any rebels around in the early ‘80’s. f**k, even Punk got to be a fashion, and then it was dead. So the whole element of Rock, that whole attitude, disappeared. We brought it back in a way. Kids got into it. All the way from little kids who don’t wanna take a bath at night to teenagers who are generally f**ked up anyway, right through to people who relate to this sh*t from their youth”.

“I’m pretty positive that during the ‘70s and early ‘80s, music got to be so tucking commercial, and run by money. It was tucking stale and predictable and boring. People were getting forced to buy it, and when people saw and heard us they understood that we were genuine, so they went for it. I don’t wanna sound egotistical, but at the time we were the only ones out there doing it.”

“I didn’t know those kids had died until I went to a pub with Alan Niven. When he told me, he was just short of crying. That changed the whole thing. From such a high to such a low, it was too much. We never felt that carefree again”. (Talkin about Donnington).

“Our songs are basically Axl. Like 80% is Axl, 15% Izzy, and 5% me and Duff just adding words here and there.”

"My peers s*ck. They`re really bad. I hope that in another five years Guns N` Roses isn`t considered another Poison or Kingdom Come. I hope were remembered as being different. I mean were in a bad time for rock`n roll now. It`s like here in the late `80s, people just amt doing anything from their soul. It`s turned into a very business and money oriented type industry. I would hope that we`re a bit away from that as far as the music goes. Don`t forget we didn`t have to play any games to get signed. We told people that we were gonna do just what we said we`d do and that`s the only way we`d sign a contract. And we stuck to it."

"We improvise the whole time we`re playing. A lot of times we won`t know that song we`re gonna do and I`ll suggest one and we`ll debate it right there on stage. Sometimes I`ll start improvising and they`ll know not to mess around until I`m finished and I give them a nod. We do go off on our individual things but it somehow all stays together. We do the whole show like that. We screw up every so often but not that much."

"The last job I had was in a music store and I got fired. One job I never even showed up at because Motley Crue was recording in L A. so I went to hang out outside the studio.”

"The sense of humor inside the band suits me fine. I don`t have to go down to the Comedy Shop to get a joke. I can find that here."

"We`re not stupid. Axl doesn`t do drugs or hardly drink anymore. He lives to be on that stage. He eats, sleeps and plays. That`s it. Izzy hardly even smokes anymore. Steven doesn`t have any problems in those regards and Duff and I drink. I`m not a practicing drug addict anymore."

"I got this reputation for being drunk all the time but I`m really not all that bad. I`m actually a nice shy kid."


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